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Jean Ratcliff Outstanding Achievement Award

For all those involved in this year’s Lord’s Taveners Boccia Programme, we are now inviting nominations for the Jean Ratcliff Outstanding Achievement Award.

This award is presented to an individual involved in the programme who has made an exceptional contribution to boccia, going ‘above and beyond’ in any aspect of playing, refereeing or volunteering. They have shown determination and possibly overcome challenging circumstances to achieve personal or global goals.

Nominations can be made by teachers, school staff or county/regional organisers, for individuals they believe meet the criteria.

Nominated individuals do NOT need to have qualified for the National Finals on May 3rd but may be invited to attend if selected. A panel from Boccia England will review the nominations and select the winner.

Last year's winner Reece Dinsdale:

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Deadline for nominations: Friday 28th April 2017

Download your nomination form here and return to nbraisby@bocciaengland.org.uk

Lord's Taverners Schools' Boccia Finals 2017

The Lord's Taverners Schools' Boccia Finals 2017 will take place on Wednesday 3rd May at English Institute of Sport -Sheffield

The schools finals bring together winners from 11 regional competitions that take place across England.

The following schools have qualified for the finals:

Pan disability:

  • Pendle Vale (North West)

  • George Stephenson High School (North East)

  • Joseph Rowntree (Yorkshire)

  • St Georges Academy (East Midlands)

  • Baskerville School (West Midlands)

  • Pakefield High School (East Anglia north)

  • Gretton School (East Anglia south 1)

  • Brent School(London)

  • Durrington High School (South East)

  • Arbour Vale (Central)

  • Truro College (South West)

  • Beacon Hill Academy (East Anglia south 2)

Physical disability:

  • Hebden Green (North West)

  • Durham Trinity School (North East)

  • St Marys College (Yorkshire)

  • Kesteven Girls Grammar School (East Midlands)

  • Beacon School (West Midlands)

  • Ormiston Denes Academy (East Anglia north)

  • Beacon Hill Academy (East Anglia south)

  • Cleeve Park (London)

  • Angmering School (South East 1)

  • Arbour Vale (Central)

  • Woodlands School (South West)

  • Angmering School (South East 2)

The above teams will compete for the title of Pan and Physical Disability Schools Champions 2017.

The Lord's Taverners Schools' programme also trains up hundreds of young officials throughout the season. Boccia England select ten youngsters who are invited to the finals to be trained as Level 1 Officials. They then have the opportunity to put their skills into practice at the competition, supported by our experienced officials.

All schools have been contacted by Boccia England, if you have any queries please contact Rachael Crack- rcrack@bocciaengland.org.uk

The competition is free to spectators so please feel free to join us for this fantastic day of boccia!

Boccia volunteer receives Torch Trophy Trust Award

The Torch Trophy Trust is a charity that rewards, recognises and supports volunteers in sport and recreation.

For the 2017 Awards on Tuesday 14th March, nineteen volunteers were recognised by HRH The Earl of Wessex for their commitment to community sport at British Olympic Association.

Each winner was nominated by their sport’s National Governing Body as outstanding role models within clubs, centres and organisations across the UK.

Amongst the winners was dedicated boccia volunteer Anne Cradock.

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Anne has been involved in all areas of boccia for over 25 years, and has volunteered in every boccia role imaginable. Anne is an outstanding volunteer in the world of sport and has given up countless hours of her time in a voluntary capacity to enable others in the community to participate in boccia.

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Congratulations Anne and thank you for everything you do!

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If you are interested in volunteering with us find out more [here].(https://bocciaengland.org.uk/volunteering/)

Competition round up - March

Boccia England have had a very busy month of March! The second fixture day of the Super League 2017/18 took place in Mansfield, we then travelled to Gateshead Leisure Centre for the final rounds competition of Heathcoat Cup. Finally we had The BE Cup Play Offs North and South which determined the qualifiers for The BE Cup Finals 2017.

Thanks to all our volunteer officials that supported the competitions over the weekend! Our competitions wouldn't happen without your commitment.

Super League fixture day 2

On Saturday 4th March Boccia England were at West Nottinghamshire College for the second fixture day of the Super League 16/17

It was a fantastic day of competitive boccia with Pauls Place taking the gold medals for the second time this season!

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Camboccia made their debut taking the silver medals:

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The Breakaways fought hard to take home the bronze medals:
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The Super League 2016/17 Leaderboard looks like this:
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The next Super League Fixture day will take place on Sunday 30th April at Hertfordshire Sports Village. We look forward to another great day of boccia!

Heathcoat Cup

On Sunday 5th March Heathcoat Cup - Newcastle welcomed players to take part in BC1, BC2, BC3, BC5, BC6 and BC8 categories.

Congratulations to our medallists and qualifiers:

(Q=Qualification to the Heathcoat Cup Finals 2017)

BC1/BC2 (combined)

  • Gold - Thomas Ferry (BC2 Q)
  • Silver - Aleesha Kauser Ali (BC6)
  • Bronze - Paul Miller (BC2 Q)

Nick Moxon qualifies as the only BC1 entry.

BC3

  • Gold - Muhammed Azhad Mohd Fauzi (BC3 Q)
  • Silver - Liam aLexander (BC3 Q)
  • Bronze - Thomas Hall

BC5/6 (combined)

BC6

  • Gold - Matthew Lone (BC6 Q)
  • Silver - Michael Elliott (BC6 Q)
  • Bronze - Kimberley Welsh

BC5 qualifiers

  • Marcus McBriar
  • Oliver Crawshaw

BC8

  • Gold - Christopher Smith (BC8 Q)
  • Silver - Joshua Nunn (BC8 Q)
  • Bronze - Aaron Younger (BC8 Q)

Well done to everyone that took part! Qualifiers have been notified and competition information will be sent out w/c 3rd April - make sure the date is in your diary! Saturday 29th April 2017.

To see the full results go to the Heathcoat Cup Newcastle event page.

The BE Cup Play Offs

The North and South Play Offs involved all the players from The BE Cup Rounds competitions fighting it out for a qualification place at The BE Cup Finals 2017!

The North Play Offs took place at Ponds Forge International Sports Centre on Saturday 25th March. Congratulations to the following qualifiers:

BC1

  • Gold - Jabe Peake
  • Silver - Richard Armstrong
  • Bronze - Daniel Wain

Highest scoring runner up Caroline Robinson will get another chance to qualify through the Heathcoat Cup Finals on Saturday 29th April.

BC2

  • Gold - Zoe Robinson
  • Silver - Aran Guthrie
  • Bronze - Jake Smith
  • 4th place - Amy Darlow

Highest scoring runner up Sam Hindley will get another chance to qualify through the Heathcoat Cup Finals on Saturday 29th April.

BC3

  • Gold - Lewis Fisher
  • Silver - Rich Amos
  • Bronze - Lee Maddison
  • 4th place - Craig Johnson

Highest scoring runner up Becky Gibson will get another chance to qualify through the Heathcoat Cup Finals on Saturday 29th April.

The South Play Offs took place at Hertfordshire Sports Village on Sunday 26th March. Congratulations to the following qualifiers:

BC1

  • Gold - Alex Dukes
  • Silver - Tia Ruel
  • Bronze - Justin Allen

Highest scoring runner up Amy Lewington will get another chance to qualify through the Heathcoat Cup Finals on Saturday 29th April.

BC2

  • Gold - Reshad Saraj (AQ)
  • Silver - Warren Dyer
  • Bronze - Dan Bentley
  • 4th place - Tim Hayes
  • 5th place - William Hipwell

Highest scoring runner up Alex Elliott will get another chance to qualify through the Heathcoat Cup Finals on Saturday 29th April.

BC3

  • Gold - Jess Hunter (AQ)
  • Silver - Cecilia Turk
  • Bronze - William Arnott
  • 4th place - Matthew Berry
  • 5th place - Liam Beresford

Highest scoring runner up Emma Harris will get another chance to qualify through the Heathcoat Cup Finals on Saturday 29th April.

BC4

  • Gold - Louis Saunders
  • Silver - Lewis Hammans
  • Bronze - Penny Froude (AQ)
  • 4th place - Harry Thompson

Highest scoring runner up Murray Field will also join the above 4 at The BE Cup Finals due to being the only BC4 at Heathcaot Cup Finals.

The qualifiers above will join automatic qualifiers:

  • Andrew Morgan (BC1 AQ)
  • Evie Edwards (BC4 AQ)

along with the top 2 from BC1, BC2 and BC3 competitions at Heathcoat Finals 2017!

Full results of all this months competitions can be found on the event pages

Club Matters Update

Club Matters is Sport England's one stop shop for sports clubs.
Club Matters provides free, convenient and practical resources to help you develop and run a sustainable club.

Click here to register for Club Matters so you too can benefit from the free resources available.

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Deliver a great experience to your members every time

The first impressions of your club could be the difference between someone joining or not. By creating a welcoming environment filled with positive experience, you will not only encourage potential new members to join but you will also maintain your current members’ interest and engagement. Find out more about delivering a great experience by clicking here.

Free promotion available for clubs

The ‘Catch up with clubs’ section of the Club Matters website is full of real-life stories from clubs and our new Club Matters You Tube channel also hosts a range of videos from clubs, CSPs and Club Matters all about how and why to access the resources. Each of these shows real life clubs sharing their experiences of Club Matters and how it has helped them to improve their club – we also have some regular bloggers who share their Club Matters story.

Club Matters are always keen to hear how clubs are using Club Matters and the impact on your development. Any clubs who would be interested in sharing their success stories then do get in touch at clubmatters@sportengland.org and your club could be featuring on the Club Matters website to gain some free promotion.

The 2017 Boccia Awards Nominations now open!

The 2017 Boccia Awards Nominations now open!

We are proud to launch the 2017 Boccia England Awards - it’s now time to nominate your boccia sporting hero.

The Boccia England Awards are a celebration of sporting achievements. The awards provide a way of recognising and, above all, celebrating the successes of our outstanding athletes, inspirational volunteers, great coaches and high quality clubs across England.

Chris Ratcliffe, Boccia England CEO has this to say about the awards: “Since I joined Boccia England in September 2016 I have been immensely impressed by the level of talent that we have within the boccia community, from dedicated volunteers to players who give it their all every time they take to the court. The Boccia Awards are a fantastic opportunity for Boccia England to showcase this talent as well as recognise and acknowledge those who put so much into our sport.”

We are now accepting nominations for the following award categories for achievements, involvement and success in the 2016/17 boccia season.

  • Club of the Year
  • Coach of the Year
  • Volunteer of the Year
  • Athlete of the Year
  • Team of the Year
  • Official of the year

The closing deadline for applications is the 12th May 2017.

Nominations for the following awards can only be made where the nominee is a member of Boccia England or volunteering/coaching at a member organisation /club.

  • Club of the Year
  • Coach of the Year
  • Athlete
  • Team of the year

For more information on each award, eligibility criteria, application form, and FAQs please download the Boccia Awards Pack

If you have any further questions please contact the Boccia England Office on 0115 967 8455 or mscott@bocciaengland.org.uk

Return completed nomination forms to mscott@bocciaengland.org.uk or post to Unit 8, Heathcoat Building, Nottingham Science Park, Nottingham, NG7 2QJ.

Competition Round Up - February

Boccia England travelled to Hertfordshire Sports village in Hatfield for the final rounds competition of The BE Cup and the fourth competition of the Heathcoat Cup.

Thanks to all our volunteer officials that supported the competitions over the weekend! It was a very busy weekend with over 150 matches taking place!

Heathcoat Cup

On Saturday 4th February Heathcoat Cup - Hatfield welcomed over 50 players to take part in BC1, BC2, BC3, BC4, BC5, BC6 and BC8 categories.

Congratulations to our medallists and qualifiers:

(Q=Qualification to the Heathcoat Cup Finals 2017)

BC1/BC2 (combined)

  • Gold - Tommy Grist (BC5)
  • Silver - Ramandeep Mann (BC2 Q)
  • Bronze - Neal Crowley (BC2 Q)
  • 4th place - Simon Clare (BC1 Q)

BC3

  • Gold - Cameron Coxall (BC3 Q)
  • Silver - Kai Shah (BC3 Q)
  • Bronze - William Wittington (BC3 Q)

BC4

  • Gold - Mitchell Robinson (BC5)
  • Silver - Rachel Hanks (BC2)

BC5

  • Gold - Anton Walton (BC6)
  • Silver - Charlie Graham (BC6)
  • Bronze - Savraj Sehra (BC6)
  • 4th place - George Bellinger (BC5 Q)

BC6

  • Gold - David Johns (BC6 Q)
  • Silver - Joe Brown(BC6 Q)
  • Bronze - Emma Kirby

BC8

  • Gold - Gregory Singleton (BC8 Q)
  • Silver - Charlotte Carr (BC8 Q)
  • Bronze - Vanshi Gunesh (BC8 Q)

Well done to everyone that took part! Qualifiers will be contacted before the 3rd April but for now get the Finals date in your diary - Saturday 29th April 2017.

To see the full results go to the Heathcoat Cup Hatfield event page.

The BE Cup

The third and final rounds competition of The BE Cup took place on Sunday 5th February.
ALL players have been invited to a play off date in Sheffield OR Hatfield.

Congratulations to the medallists:

BC1

  • Gold - Jabe Peake
  • Silver - Tia Ruel
  • Bronze - Holly Goodwyn

BC2

  • Gold - Reshad Saraj
  • Silver - William Hipwell
  • Bronze - Dan Bentley

BC3

  • Gold - Jess Hunter
  • Silver - William Arnott
  • Bronze - Craig Johnson

BC4

  • Gold - Louis Saunders
  • Silver - Penny Froude
  • Bronze - Lewis Hammans

For the full results go to The BE Cup Hatfield event page.

ALL PLAYERS that attended The BE Cup Hatfield have been invited to a play off date. Players will be seeded for The BE Cup play off competitions based on their results from The BE Cup rounds in Sheffield, Guildford and Hatfield. To read the Rules and Guidelines click here.

Next...Super League Fixture Day 2 and Heathcoat Cup Newcastle!

On Saturday 4th March the 6 Super League teams will come together for the second fixture day.

The final rounds competition of Heathcoat Cup will take place on Sunday 5th March. The competition will take place at Gateshead Leisure Centre, with 40 entries already we are looking forward to seeing a lot of new players!

Spectators welcome free of charge.

To find out more and follow results of the competitions go to events on the Boccia England website.

We look forward to welcoming all the players that are competing over the weekend - make sure you check out our competition extras at Heathcoat Cup including our Heathcoat Raffle, Club Forum and selfie station!

Sport England Funding Update

Following our application to Sport England we are pleased to announce that Boccia England has been awarded £1.5m over the next 4 years to help us deliver our core work.

This will ensure that we can continue to support those who play boccia whether it’s grassroots participation, supporting talented players or supporting those who are currently inactive but may be drawn to play boccia for the first time.

Thanks to the support of Sport England through the distribution of National Lottery and Government funding, NGB’s like boccia can really make a difference.

More information about Sport England’s funding is available here

Competition Round Up - January

Boccia England travelled to Surrey Sports Park in Guildford for the second rounds competition of The BE Cup and the third competition of the Heathcoat Cup.

Thanks to all our volunteer officials that supported the competitions over the weekend! It was a very busy weekend with over 140 matches taking place!

The BE Cup

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The second of three competition rounds of The BE Cup took place on Saturday 14th January, the last rounds competition takes place on Sunday 5th February. ALL players have been invited to a play off date in Sheffield OR Hatfield.

Congratulations to the medallists:

BC1

  • Gold - Andrew Morgan
  • Silver - Alex Dukes
  • Bronze - Justin Allen

BC2

  • Gold - James Clowes
  • Silver - Warren Dyer
  • Bronze - Alex Elliott

BC3

  • Gold - Cecilia Turk
  • Silver - Matthew Berry
  • Bronze - Liam Drummond

For the full results go to The BE Cup Guildford event page.

ALL PLAYERS that attended The BE Cup Guildford have been invited to a play off date. Players will be seeded for The BE Cup play off competitions based on their results from The BE Cup rounds in Sheffield, Guildford and Hatfield. To read the Rules and Guidelines click here.

Heathcoat Cup

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On Sunday 15th January Heathcoat Cup - Guildford welcomed over 50 players to take part in BC1, BC2, BC3, BC4, BC5, BC6 and BC8 categories.

Congratulations to our medallists and qualifiers:

(Q=Qualification to the Heathcoat Cup Finals 2017)

BC1

  • Gold - Lisa Statham(BC1 Q)
  • Silver - Gemma Mitchell (BC1 Q)
  • Bronze - Fay Hart

BC2

  • Gold - Peter Langton (BC2 Q)
  • Silver - Toyin Fabusiwa (BC5review)
  • Bronze - Vicki Bell (BC2 Q)

BC3

  • Gold - Daniel Giddings (BC3 Q)
  • Silver - Joshua Smith (BC3 Q)
  • Bronze - Jamie Lynch (BC3 Q)

BC4

  • Gold - Ryan Skinner(BC4 Q)
  • Silver - Ebony Robinson (BC2review)

BC5

  • Gold - Max Russell (BC6review)
  • Silver - Jacqueline Woods (BC5 Q)
  • Bronze - Clifford Armstrong(BC6)
  • 4th place - Andre Saini (BC5 Q)

BC6

  • Gold - Derek Sked (BC6 Q)
  • Silver - Shirley Bennett (BC6 Q)
  • Bronze - John Beddow (BC6 Q)

BC8

  • Gold - Daniel German (BC8 Q)
  • Silver - James Marchant (BC8 Q)
  • Bronze - Kate Seal

Well done to everyone that took part! Qualifiers will be contacted before the 3rd April but for now get the Finals date in your diary - Saturday 29th April 2017.

To see the full results go to the Heathcoat Cup Guildford event page.

Next...Hatfield!

On Saturday 4th February Heathcoat Cup, for the first time, will be hosted in Hatfield! The final rounds competition of The BE Cup will also take place on Sunday 5th February. The competition will take place at Hertfordshire Sports Village, with 50 entries already for Heathcoat Cup we are looking forward to seeing a lot of new players!

Spectators welcome free of charge.

To find out more and follow results of the competitions go to events on the Boccia England website.

We look forward to welcoming all the players that are competing over the weekend - make sure you check out our competition extras at Heathcoat Cup including our Heathcoat Raffle, Club Forum and Coaches Corner!